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 Welcome to Staff Of Life Real Artisan Bakery

Unique,tasty,satisfying real artisan bread,dark sticky gingerbread,satisfying traditional cakes,toothsome traybakes and our infamous uber-chocolate brownies.Plus of course THAT flapjack; our range of character flapjacks combining traditional recipes with a humourous twist reflected in the name of each "Jack". Choose individual loaves or a selection of our original and exciting treats.We can deliver them fresh to your door in perfect condition.Whether it's for a special occasion or just to treat yourself you are assured of an unique taste and texture in all our products.We bake them the way we would like to buy them: using real artisanal skills and superb ingredients to create something really special for you to enjoy. 

A little about us... Simon and Julie started the Staff of Life bakery in 1997 after running our own successful small café. Simon has made bread all his life since he had to stand on a box to reach the kitchen table at Grandma Thomas' house in Yorkshire.He started with the usual white and brown tin loaves like most people do but pretty soon it started to evolve into more exotic loaves based on those eaten on holidays in Europe.Simon has a huge library of books on breadmaking and has developed techniques with the guidance of other bakers in the uk and abroad over the years.Julie is truly creative on the cakes side of the business and her influence can be seen in the wonderfully decorated and frequently prize-winning stall designs at shows and fairs.Julie adapted Grandma Thomas' recipe for sticky gingerbread to create our own deliciously more-ish version which ,like the original,is quite capable of keeping the whole week,to be buttered and also used as a pudding with brambles and custard on Sunday.This is comfort food at it's honest and satisfying best.It's not Parkin : it's Gingerbread and if you can't tell the difference then it's high time that you bought one to try!

When our tiny cafe had a queue outside for bread every morning we bowed to the pressure of demand opened a bread stall on Kendal’s market instead. In those days we were the only proper bakers in the area and it was hard work to fill the stall from our home oven.We would turn up in the morning with big baskets full of warm loaves and the discerning foodlovers of the area would seek us out to buy real bread.We struggled to keep pace until a local pizza company agreed to rent us their oven each morning when they had no use for it.Production tripled and for a short while it looked as if we might catch up to the demand we had created with our attention to detail and uncompromising pursuit of taste.We were looking for a suitable property in Kendal to open our own shop and eventually we found one.The Staff of Life Bakery in Kendal’s Berry Yard opened in September 1999.

Great Taste Award Winner 2006 Website partly funded by Distinctly Cumbrian


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Carlisle Farmers' Market

Staff of Life bread comes to the Border City.First Friday of each month.

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"Jack O' Lantern" Pumpkin and Orange flapjack
£ 1.50

Jack O'Lantern - Orange and pumpkin seed.
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